Thursday, September 23rd
Families in Clark County continue to struggle. We see it every day in our community. The struggle to find affordable housing and the stress of earning a living wage play out in the lives of our residents and in the lives of the people we serve in Vancouver. Our homeless population continues to rise, and recent numbers gathered by the Council for the Homeless are staggering.
- In 2020 the number of homeless families in Clark County was 1,245
- 925 were families with children
- 65% were newly homeless
- Only 16% found permanent shelter
Building hope at Open House Ministries to help people restore their lives
Our story began 35 years ago. And like the stories of many families who have entered through our doors, it began in a humble way. The original Open House Ministries family shelter started in a ten-room boarding house on Jefferson and 12th Street in 1986. Programs to help restore families began to have an impact in our community, and support for more housing made it possible to expand our ministry. A new shelter was built in 1996, and today Open House Ministries houses 34 families who are getting the help they need to become healthy and live independently. But as you can see by the numbers, the need is great and requires more space.
Be part of our story to help families rebuild and become independent
Our mission at Open House Ministries as a faith-based organization is to shelter families and provide intervention through Christ-centered, life-changing programs. As we continue to reach out to the growing homeless population in our community, we need your help.
Please give to Open House Ministries and become part of our story to help end homelessness in Clark County. You can make a difference for generations to come. Thank You.